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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Deferring
« on: June 24, 2008, 03:29:26 PM »
Be sure to get the details first.  I requested a deferment last year.  AFTER I submitted it, it was explained to me that regardless of whether the deferral was granted, my request was considered to be a withdrawal for that incoming year!  I think that deferrals are generally granted (mine was); however, you want to make sure of that and also determine the withdrawal repercussions before formally requesting the deferral.  Also, keep in mind that you will have to explain why you are requesting the deferral.

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Acceptances / Re: Multiple Seat Deposit Warning
« on: June 23, 2008, 01:55:48 AM »
i am just speculating but i would assume that the worst that can happen is being notified by one of your schools that you need to make a decision in X amount of days after this school realizes you have multiple deposits down or they will pull their offer of acceptance.

on a personal note, i don't have multiple deposits down but would have no internal struggles or ethical dilemmas with this situation...this admissions process is a game and if the multiple deposits buys you more time to make a decision,  then great...it is like you are waitlisting the schools that accepted you and i kinda like that!


I agree, especially given that I received my last initial decision on June 7th or 9th.  It turned out to be a waitlist, but if it had been an offer of admission, it would have made my current decision moot.  If schools want final decisions made by June 14th, they need to get their decisions to us well before that.  So, I too feel justified in taking a little more time to cancel one of my deposits -- it is not like I am going to get a refund anyway.  I'm waitlisting them (maybe deferred decision is a better description?), an interesting way to look at it!

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Acceptances / Re: Multiple Seat Deposit Warning
« on: June 19, 2008, 01:49:41 PM »
If a school does not inform admitted applicants of any policy, it stands to reason there is no policy.  Asking makes sense, but I don't care to stir things up by doing that.  Certainly I need to finalize my decision, but hey, some of these schools strung me along for months.  I'm just looking to see if there is some unwritten standard policy across schools, or some LSAC policy of which I am unaware.  Neither school at which I have made a deposit has indicated any sort of policy.

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Where should I go next fall? / W&M versus Maryland?
« on: June 19, 2008, 01:06:12 PM »
I'm trying to decide between William & Mary and the University of Maryland.  I expect to return to New England when finished, so neither school is ideal for employment (waiting on BU waitlist).  Since W&M is higher ranked, it is probably slightly better.  What I am looking for is input on the experience at each school, and each school's overall impression.

I've heard that W&M has a limited social and extracurricular life.  Local zoning in Williamsburg means few bars.  Students feel compelled to compete with UVA, making them very busy and aggressive.  Baltimore, on the other hand, is a city, so the social life should be good -- I know there are some dangers there as well.  But theoretically it isn't as high quality an education as W&M.  Would I enjoy (and thus get more out of) the experience at Maryland or W&M?  Any thoughts appreciated.

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Denials / Re: Multiple Seat Deposit Warning
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:49:19 PM »
I knew nothing of this notification process.  William & Mary sent me an e-mail on the 16th, as they discovered I was on another school's deposit list.  What is the big deal or issue?  Certainly, it makes a school nervous that they may lose a student.  But are there any repercussions?  Is there a suggestion that a school might retract an offer of admission or otherwise penalize a student who has paid multiple deposits?

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Wait List / Re: Multiple Seat Deposit Warning
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:48:56 PM »
I knew nothing of this notification process.  William & Mary sent me an e-mail on the 16th, as they discovered I was on another school's deposit list.  What is the big deal or issue?  Certainly, it makes a school nervous that they may lose a student.  But are there any repercussions?  Is there a suggestion that a school might retract an offer of admission or otherwise penalize a student who has paid multiple deposits?

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Acceptances / Re: Multiple Seat Deposit Warning
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:38:54 PM »
I knew nothing of this notification process.  William & Mary sent me an e-mail on the 16th, as they discovered I was on another school's deposit list.  What is the big deal or issue?  Certainly, it makes a school nervous that they may lose a student.  But are there any repercussions?  Is there a suggestion that a school might retract an offer of admission or otherwise penalize a student who has paid multiple deposits?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Temple's location?
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:23:04 PM »
I visited last June.  Admittedly, it was after classes were out, but it made me think "commuter campus".  Nobody seemed to live within walking distance -- they all lived in nicer parts of Philly that were some distance away.  That makes the campus less of a central location or focus.  May not matter to you, but that was definitely a negative to me.

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Acceptances / Re: Is There a Decision Between U Maryland and Temple?
« on: June 03, 2007, 04:05:33 PM »
UPDATE:

I visited both schools on Friday.  There wasn't a dramatic difference between the facilities.  The UML facility was brand new in 2002, but the Temple facility was nice as well.  However, I found a very different atmosphere at each school.  UML seemed friendlier, more welcoming, and more accessible.  Temple is located on a high speed city street, while UML was surrounded by a number of medium and slow paced streets.  A large number of students live within walking distance at UML, while at Temple I'm not even sure that is an option.  A lot of Temple students live in the Center City of Philly, a nice area.  But that means they have to commute to get to classes.

At UML, there was more of an integrated social environment.  The 1L/orientation groups are 25 students at UML, while they are 60 at Temple.  The school at UML was a destination for students to gather for studying and fun, even now.  The only students that I saw at Temple were taking a class in preparation for the bar exam.  At UML, there were a number of students studying together or socializing off and on during my short visit.  UML had a large number of student lounges, an outdoor patio area, an indoor cafe, open student mail slots, etc.  Temple did have a few lounge areas, but I saw none of the other student/social-friendly features.  At UML, I am sure there is much more student-to-student interaction -- academically and socially.

If you care only about the academic experience, the schools are probably not that much different -- each having its own strengths.  Since I'm looking for a more complete educational experience, UML is now clearly my choice.

Stan

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Acceptances / Re: GGU vs Franklin Pierce
« on: May 30, 2007, 12:19:54 AM »
Franklin Pierce has historically been known for its intellectual property coursework -- does that interest you?  New Hampshire is a great place to live (I live there), but is it where you want to be?  Skiing and Boston are each an hour or less away.  Lots of travel by car, but the traffic is not bad.  Conversely, GGU (Golden Gate in SF, right?) is in California, a completely different world.  Where are you from?

Stan

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